According to a report released last month, Nissan will introduce autonomous tech into its production models by 2017. Initially, it won’t be fully autonomous technology. The self-driving system will work in single lane ‘traffic jam mode’ up to a certain speed. The futuristic technology will be offered to a wider audience, and so, won’t be limited to just premium, top-spec models.
Now a new report from Auto Express says that the autonomous technology could be offered in the Nissan 370Z and Nissan GT-R too. Speaking to the British Publication at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Takao Asami, Renault-Nissan Alliance Global Vice President for Research and Advanced Engineering, said: “The GT-R and 370Z are not immune from autonomous driving systems.”
“Whereas we will use piloted driving on regular cars to improve safety and comfort, autonomous technology could be used on the GT-R and other sports cars to help extract more capability and improve performance.”
Mr. Asami indicated that Piloted Drive mode the Nissan 370Z and Nissan GT-R could come with a custom track mode that offers autnomous track driving with maximum performance to provide a great driving experience to their owners. In a way, even regular people who are not familiar with track driving can experience the thrilling limits of their high performance cars.
Chief Planning Office at the company, Philippe Klein, also agreed with the idea of offering autonomous technology on high performance models.
Mr. Klein said: “I see all of our technologies as connected, which creates excitement. We’re presenting one form of excitement with autonomous drive, and this is another way to thrill customers. I don’t see any contradiction between serving performance fans with the Nismo brand and those looking for comfort and safety improvements.”
Autonomous driving would be an option in the high performance models, not a replacement for manual driving. Afterall the reason they’re made for, is to be driven by the driver – not drive the driver. On this note, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “We want to make an autonomous car, so the driver decides when they want to drive. We want to empower the driver to drive when they want to.”
[Source: Auto Express]